Bono wins Fulbright award based on his ACU nomination


Bono, a Grammy Award-winning rock musician and lead singer of U2, was recently awarded the Fulbright Prize for International Understanding based on a nomination submitted by a dean of Abilene Christian University.

Dr. Jason Morris, dean of the Honors College at Abilene Christian University, attended the March 31 presentation in Washington, DC, sponsored in part by the ACU, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.

“It was a fantastic evening,” Morris said in the statement. “It was surreal to meet Bono and other influencers in DC, but it was also exciting to see our institution featured as a sponsor at this event. The ACU is becoming more and more recognizable within of the Fulbright community, with several of our students and faculty being named Fulbright recipients.

Morris, who has served on the National Fulbright Student Program Selection Committee and as a reviewer of Fulbright grant applications, has been ACU’s Fulbright Advisor for 12 years. He himself received a Fulbright scholarship in 2002 and a Fulbright Scholar scholarship in 2009.

Morris submitted the nomination to the Fulbright Association two years ago, with the final results only being announced a few months ago.

“I thought he was an obvious choice with his accomplishments in the humanitarian field,” Morris said in the statement.

ACU provides update on $250 million campaign

Dr. Phil Schubert, president of Abilene Christian University, announced at an April 2 donor event the start of the public phase of the university’s $250 million “Higher Ground” campaign, reported school in a press release last week.

According to the release, the campaign aims to provide investment in facilities, programs and personnel to better compete both domestically and internationally.

Of the total $250 million, $132 million is planned to help ACU “strengthen and elevate its academic profile,” the statement said, including faculty recruitment and retention, development of new research and academics and student financial aid.

The remaining $118 million is intended to be used to “enhance and augment transformational experiences,” which will include changes to residential and student spaces, enhanced student experiences, and cultural and athletic advancement.

Fundraising for the campaign will continue through May 2025, although the press release reports that $167.5 million has already been committed, with several capital projects underway, including improvements to the Moody Coliseum, at the Freshman Village, the Science and Engineering Research Center and the Mabee Business Building.

Additionally, donors committed $37.2 million in endowments during the campaign, enabling the creation of 100 new endowments for scholarships and other programs.

Recognized ACU Game Design Program

Princeton Review recently named ACU one of the best in the nation for game design, awarding the school 28th place in its list of “The 50 Best Undergraduate Schools for Game Design for 2021.”

This is the seventh consecutive year that the ACU has been included in the list and is one spot higher than last year’s ranking. It is the highest ranking for a faith-based university and the second in Texas.

The rankings are based on a survey of administrators from 150 institutions that offer courses and/or degrees in game design, with topics including academics, faculty degrees, and graduate employment.

The report, created in partnership with PC Gamer magazine, can be viewed at

Music teacher honored for 50 years in national association

Shirley Anderson of Abilene was recently recognized by the National Association of Music Teachers for 50 years of membership in the association.

Anderson, who maintained an independent piano studio in Abilene for more than 50 years, was named Abilene Music Teachers Association Teacher of the Year in 1979, 1985, and 2001, and received the AMTA Award. for “Outstanding Excellence in Teaching” in 2012.

Additionally, she received the Texas Music Teachers Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Pre-College Teaching in 1995 and is a faculty member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers, a member of the Guild Hall of Fame, and president of the Abilene Center. .

She holds both a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Theory and Composition from Hardin-Simmons University, as well as permanent professional certification from the National Association of Music Teachers in Piano, Theory. and composing.


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